Timothy Kask

Timothy Kask

American writer and editor, especially famous among fans of role-playing games.
Date of Birth: 14.01.1949
Country: USA

Biography of Timothy Kask

Timothy Kask is an American writer and editor, particularly well-known among fans of role-playing games. Born and raised in Moline, Illinois, Kask developed a passion for tabletop games at a young age. From the ages of 11 to 14, he was enthralled with the game "D-Day" by Avalon Hill.

After serving in the Navy from 1967 to 1971, during which he also played the game "1941" by Avalon Hill, Kask married his girlfriend Cheryl in 1970. They later had a daughter. Leaving the Navy, Kask moved to the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. It was here that he became actively involved in miniature wargaming, such as "Chainmail." Kask even contacted the author of "Chainmail," Gary Gygax, by phone to clarify certain aspects of the game. They later met in person at the Gen Con gaming festival in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Gygax was working on a new role-playing system, and Kask and his friends became some of the first testers of the precursor to "Dungeons & Dragons."

In 1975, shortly after Tactical Studies Rules (TSR) released the first version of "Dungeons & Dragons," Gygax hired Kask as an editor. Kask became the first full-time employee of the company. His first assignment was editing and developing the supplement "Blackmoor." After some time, Kask became the editor of "The Strategic Review," starting from the fifth issue. In 1976, Kask was entrusted with working on the last three supplements for "Dungeons & Dragons": "Eldritch Wizardry," "Gods, Demi-gods & Heroes," and "Swords & Spells." His responsibilities later shifted to the "TSR Periodicals" project, where he divided "The Strategic Review" into two separate publications: "The Dragon," dedicated specifically to "Dungeons & Dragons," and "Little Wars," which covered historical and miniature games. Kask personally edited the first 33 issues of "The Dragon," which was later renamed "Dragon Magazine." He also developed new games, such as the historical tabletop game "William the Conqueror, 1066," and worked on the "Days of the Dragon" calendar line.

In the late 1970s, Gygax began working on a new version of "Dungeons & Dragons" called "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons," and Kask played an active role in solving problems that arose during the conversion of existing modules to the new system. It is known that Kask hired a number of future notable figures in the role-playing industry, such as Kim Mohan, during his time at TSR.

In 1980, Kask left TSR. He continued to work in the gaming industry for some time, participating in the revision of Avalon Hill's game "Naval War" in late 1981. Later, Kask founded his own company, Manzakk Publishing, and became the publisher and editor of "Adventure Gaming Magazine."

In 1983, Kask moved away from the gaming industry and worked as a freelance editor, ghostwriter, and speechwriter. In 2002, he returned to studying and obtained a master's degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He then began teaching. In November 2010, at the KC Game Fair, Kask announced his return to the gaming industry. Alongside several well-known figures in the role-playing community, he co-founded Eldritch Enterprises.